Canada loses to Argentina in Pan American Cup volleyball tournament

Courtenay's Brad Gunter and teammates will play Mexico for bronze medal

Argentina defeated Canada 3-1 (34-32, 24-26, 25-22, 25-22) in a tough clash on Wednesday, May 25 to reach the final of the XI Men’s Pan American Cup at the Olympic Gymnasium Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City.

The tournament website notes Argentina edged Canada in one of the most intense battles of the volleyball tournament. Argentina won a kilometric first set in what predicted to be a fierce challenge. The same aggressiveness in spikes followed into the second set for the tie. Canadians lost focus in the last set while Argentina continued pushing hard for a five-point lead which the North American team struggled to cut short.

In numbers, Argentina held little advantage in kills (61-59) and in blocks (13-12), Canada (2-1) in serves. Argentina benefited from 33 errors from Canada, while committing 29.

Canada’s top scorers were outside hitter Jason Derocco with 17 points, on 14 spikes, 2 blocks and 1 ace; opposite Brad Gunter of Courtenay scored 13 points, on 11 spikes and 2 blocks; and Stephen Maar scored 12 points.

Argentina will meet Cuba (who beat Mexico in the other semifinal) in the gold medal match on May 26 while Canada and Mexico will vie for the bronze medal, also on May 26.

Canadian captain Brett Walsh said, “It’s never fun to lose in sports, we’re disappointed; we fought a good fight against a really good Argentinean team and we can hold our heads high.”

Coach Georges Laplante said, “We didn’t follow our game plan and my players were very tense, while Argentina has played steady the whole tournament and we knew it was going to be a hard game to overcome.

“Playing against Argentina, who as long as I’ve been coaching have very skillful players, benefits my players who are the future of Canada. They kept us always in the edge.”

 

Just Posted

Elizabeth May juggles Island tour to make stop in Comox

Green leader takes exception to latest tactics from the NDP over minority government question

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh to campaign in Port Alberni

Singh joins Courtenay-Alberni candidate for rally to kick off final weekend before election

Comox Valley Regional District agrees to Union Bay governance study

Process will consider whether community should convert services to the region

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

Campbell River homicide suspects arrested in Vancouver

Two men remain in custody, but have not been charged

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

With $4M investment, Camosun College offers first sonography program on Vancouver Island

Starting in May 2020 students from Vancouver Island can pursue a career in sonography

Elizabeth May confirms plan to eliminate fish farming in open ocean pens

Green Party leader stops in Qualicum Beach as part of Island campaign

STRIKE: WFP and USW are back at the table for mediation

“No further updates until either an agreement is reached or one party or the other breaks off talks”

Pole-climbing thieves pilfering wire in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Repairs are costly and thefts jeopardize public safety

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

Most Read